The University of California (UC) is a public university system in the U.S. state of California. Under the California Master Plan for Higher Education, the University of California is a part of the state's three-tier public higher education system, which also includes the California State University system and the California Community Colleges system. As of 2011, the University of California has a combined student body of 234,464 students, 18,896 faculty members, 189,116 staff members, and over 1,600,000 living alumni.

Its first campus, UC Berkeley, was founded in 1868, while its tenth and newest campus, UC Merced, opened for classes in fall 2005. Nine campuses enroll both undergraduate and graduate students; one campus, UCSF, enrolls only graduate and professional students in the medical and health sciences.

The University of California's campuses boast large numbers of distinguished faculty in almost every field and it is widely regarded as one of the top public university systems in the world. Eight of its undergraduate campuses are ranked among the top 100, six among the top 50, and two among the top 25 U.S. universities by U.S. News and World Report

UC Application (UC App.) Nine campuses, One application:

University of California has its own application system, and you may apply to as many UC undergraduate campuses as you like with just one application. Each of your chosen campuses will receive your application and accompanying materials, such as test scores and transcripts.

What you’ll need to apply:

  1. Transcripts. You don't need to submit your transcripts to UC at this point, but you must refer to them as you fill out the application to ensure the information you enter is accurate.
  2. Test scores. If you're a freshman or sophomore applicant, you'll have to include your scores from the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT Reasoning Test. (If you're applying for fall, be sure to complete these tests by December.) All applicants should report scores for any SAT Subject Tests, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, TOEFL or IELTS exams they have taken.
  3. Annual income for 2011 and 2012 (your parents' if you're a dependent; your income if you're independent.) This is optional unless you're applying for a fee waiver or for the Educational Opportunity Program.
  4. Social Security number, if you have one. We use this to match your application to things like your test score report, final transcript(s) and, if you're applying for financial aid, your Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
  5. Citizenship status. You must enter your country of citizenship (or "No Selection"). If your country of citizenship is outside the United States, you'll need to provide your immigration status and your visa type.
  6. California Statewide Student ID (optional). Each K-12 student in California public schools is assigned an ID number. If it's not printed on your transcript, ask your counselor or registrar.
  7. Credit card. If you prefer to pay by check, you can mail your payment.

UC Campus:

  • Berkeley
  • Davis
  • Irvine
  • Los Angeles
  • Merced
  • Riverside
  • San Diego
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Cruz
  • San Francisco (Graduate Students and Health Professionals Only)

Enrolled Freshman Profile (Fall 2012)

Data from the universities' published figures

Campus Applicants Admit rate GPA ACT SAT reading SAT maths SAT writing SAT composite
(out of 2400)
UC Berkeley 61,731 18.00% 3.84 30 674 701 692 2067
UC Davis 49,333 45.40% 3.96 28 611 658 632 1901
UC Irvine 56,525 42.40% 3.89 27 540 602 554 1696
UCLA 72,697 22.00% 4.21 28 619 650 640 1910
UC Merced 14,056 75.50% 3.47 23 525 559 533 1617
UC Riverside 30,395 62.70% 3.58 25 525 566 536 1627
UC San Diego 60,805 37.80% 4 29 N/A N/A 630 1908
UC Santa Barbara 54,832 44.00% 3.91 28 601 633 617 1852
UC Santa Cruz 33,148 60.80% 3.59 26 544 563 548 1639
System-wide 434,033 39.70% 3.87 27 604 645 622 1837

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